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Overall rating
88.84/100
votes
77
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Whisky-Fässle (W-F)
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Strength
47.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 Dec 2017 1:10 pm by Murphy
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 215,00

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Whisky Reviews for Glenrothes 1997 W-F

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.84 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Now I'm a bit baffled. Strangely enough, this sherry bomb shows its power and intensity very rarely and then, very timidly. This bottling impresses with its creaminess or softness and the combination of sweetness and tart aromas. Sour cherries, leather, tobacco, chocolate, pepper, pungency and roasted aromas give this malt a special touch. Gentle and beguiling, these flatter the nose and the palate. A very successful bottling, I like it very much!

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Alone the color triggers the "Find-me-cool-reflex" from me. Deep dark amber shimmers out of the glass and there they are, the dark berries and strong sherry aromas. Sweet roasted aromas and dark berries start the first impression, sweet orange slices and velvety peach follow the complex nose. The initially tart fruit and wood tones are creamier and softer, a touch of leather rises from sweet milk chocolate, hazelnuts are discreetly in the background. Timidly shows a sweet tobacco note, but this is at the same time again covered in creamy milk chocolate. The leather aroma is intensified and a very fine sulfur note shows up. Toasted aromas, sweet chocolate and fruit play together, here and there spicy and tart wood tones are revealed. The alcohol is amazingly mild and harmoniously tied.
    • Taste
      Spicy wood elements mix briefly with sweet berries. Creamy chocolate flows over the tongue and leaves a subtle burning sharpness on the tongue. Dark berries, cocoa powder and harsh wood tones follow before the sharpness in the form of wood and black pepper flares up again briefly and spreads warm and plump on the palate. Freshly brewed espresso and creamy whole milk exude an interesting aroma, a slightly tart leather note lies discreetly in the background. Tart tobacco and sour cherries rise, followed by leather, chocolate and tobacco ...
    • Finish
      Creamy and relatively mild rest the mild yet spicy sherry and woody aromas in the mouth. Here and there are again the sour cherries and bitter tobacco notes, the tart leather penetrates through the milk chocolate. The sharpness, still resting on the tongue, unfolds its voluminous power and strength again shortly before the end of the after-sound. With this combination of gentleness and a certain basic acuity, the wonderful aromas then slowly dissipate.

  2. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Typical good old little sherry bomb. Yet another GlenSherry ;)
    • Nose
      84 84
      Dark chocolate, leather, cherries, hint of sulfur that is a bit too obvious, a bit of coffee. Tiramisu, bit of orange peel. Tobacco leaves. Slight marshmallows. Nose is a bit too sherry-driven.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Thiccc, dark chocolate, cherries come back, wood-like, dark coffee, nutmeg is prominent. Leather shoe. Clear wood influences which make it slightly bitter and dark.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Finish has medium duration. Dark chocolate, dry wood, hint of cherry, espresso. Sweetness from before has mostly disappeared in the finish.

  4. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sweet Dram, lots of chocolate in the taste, short to medium length finish with some acidity
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. MikerG2k scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  6. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. fgg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      A full, ripe sherry nose. Chocolate, raisins. Leather and wax. Forest fruits. Delicious!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dark earthy flavors with a bitter edge. Immediately afterwards it becomes soft and sweet. The bitterness of the chocolate is nicely balanced with the sweetness of the forest fruits.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Soft and creamy, medium in length.

  8. wataya scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Leather, cotton candy, roasted almonds, sherry barrel, orange peel, cherry compote, buttered toast, buttercup, mint, dark chocolate, furniture polish, lavender, coconut, then dark berries and propolis. At first I thought: it's delicious but actually very one-dimensional; But he is not really, the aromas are just very much in the sherry profile.
    • Taste
      88 88
      It repeats itself: Sherry all the way, with leather and wood notes, orange peel, cherries, almonds, honey and liquorice.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sherry, apple compote, dark chocolate, espresso, dry oak, black pepper and little grassy notes.

      No highlights, relatively balanced, embedded in thick sherry profile, yummy, tasty and round. Only the wood notes at the end come through too tight.

  9. Dottore did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    BLIND TASTING

    N: Sherrynoten, as I love them, slightly musty, subtly sour and slightly fleshy: the smell of dark fermented fruit, balsamic and some soy sauce. Smells definitely a bit older. No alcohol booze, I think there are either angels nibbled on the share or he is not strong.

    G: Sherry, seasoning, vanilla, much gentler than its predecessor, I like it much better. The musty sherry shows up here as well. Creamy and full-milk chocolate.

    A: long, miss something here the musty, the finish is rather unspectacular, vanilla and slightly astringent with minimal bitterness but round and consistent.

    Conclusion: delicious. Especially the nose is bombastic. For me an absolute highlight, almost like an old Glenglassaugh, beautiful, no excellent!

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The sherry has swamped the distillery profile, this is just a generic heavy sherried dram, there are some decent flavours in the mix that will make it interesting for some but I find this style a little boring like similarly aged Glendronach.
    I think it improves a lot with water
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

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